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United alum Tyler Pasher officially signs with USL’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds

WRITTEN BY: Nick Barnowski
PUBLISHED ON: April 09, 2015

The USL’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds announced Wednesday that former Lansing United standout Tyler Pasher received his international transfer clearance and is available to play for the club.

The 20-year-old, who played forward and midfield for United in 2014, signed with the Riverhounds in January.

“We told every player at the beginning of the 2014 season that playing for Lansing United is not a destination but a stop on their soccer path,” United head coach/GM Eric Rudland said. “Each of our players have different goals, and for Tyler it was to be a pro. With that said, it’s rewarding to see him achieve his ambitions.”

Pasher previously played professionally in Finland for PS Kemi Kings before coming to Lansing this past summer.

“Tyler is an attacking full-back with an educated left foot who provides great service whipping balls in from the left side,” Riverhounds head coach Mark Steffens said. “He’s got grit and good experience for his age through playing with the Canadian national youth teams. He’s got some work to do, but we’re expecting some big things from him.”

The Elmira, Ontario, native scored three goals and added six assists in 10 games with United, helping lead the club the NPSL national semifinals. He finished second on the team in both shots and shots on goal.

“It’s not often that you get a chance to work with a player as talented as Tyler,” Rudland said. “Our fans loved watching him play and he was a catalyst to our team success in 2014. The Riverhounds have found a phenomenal talent and I’m sure that Tyler will make us proud as he competes in the USL and beyond.”

The USL is a United States Soccer Federation Division III professional league. It sits on the third level of the U.S. Soccer pyramid, behind the NASL and MLS. The Riverhounds were founded in 1999 and play at Highmark Stadium, which seats 3,500.

Pasher was the first Lansing United player to sign a pro contract since the club began play in the NPSL. He will be the third United player to ever compete professionally, joining Marcos Ugarte (USL’s Rochester Rhinos) and Boyzzz Khumalo, who previously played for the Riverhounds and D.C. United of MLS.

On March 22, Pasher was called up to the Canadian National Team for the first time in his career. He has also represented Canada at the U-17 and U-20 level internationally.

“I hope Pasher is the first of many Lansing United players to sign a pro contract,” Rudland said.”